Dear Companions on the Journey:
To love a person means to love their destiny – because being companions and friends is a work, a very serious work. Our parish community is not “built” on a sentiment, but a belonging to Christ and a “yes” to do the work of loving the destiny of all those who belong to Christ and those who do not know Christ. The demands of loving all, including our enemies, is a way to follow Christ and following is not about succeeding, but really becoming a student/disciple of Christ, open and available for an experience of belonging and taking steps to mature in loving the destiny – the life of the humanity in the person next to me.
The heart of Christ is always calling us to see way beyond our limited view and experience the beauty and wonder that is breaking the limits of our calculations. This weekend, we have been invited to open our way of following and participate in the Catholic Ministries Appeal, CMA, which is a call from Bishop John M. Quinn to love the destiny of the people of Southern Minnesota and beyond. How do we do this? In so many ways, we are already living and being this way by the very nature of our belonging to our parish community and the invitation is consistent for us to reach beyond our boundaries.
Our diocese is Southern Minnesota and there are enormous needs that ask for your generous hearts to participate and bring new life to the lives and hearts of people we do not even know. They are real people and to love their destiny is accomplished by our financial support in making a pledge to the Appeal and recognizing that so many people of need are served through this work of being connected as companions. In light of the climate of our day, I immediately think of all our Hispanic brothers and sisters across the diocese as your contribution enables them to be served by Hispanic priests and other important staff that depend on your gift for their salaries and benefits. This is a very significant work!!
We know well, the “Kingdom of God being at hand” depends on real people with sincere hearts and willing hands and this describes the staff that works for the Bishop. We cannot be everywhere to meet the needs of everyone, but our commitment and generosity touches the lives of so many and changes their circumstances with a newness of life. I am asking for your broad participation and serious gifts in order to reach our goal of $125,000.00. I have already given my gift of $1000.00 and I need yours . I am very grateful for your full and active participation over the years for this Appeal.
Please know with absolute certainty, that none of these monies will ever be used for litigation in the Diocese of Winona as they are protected for the services and ministry of people who are longing for a newness of life. Your gift will impact their existence and you will love their destiny, which will change as they receive a freshness that only comes from companions walking together and being faithful to Jesus. I am counting on you!!!
During these days, I am “down under” and returning this next week from Australia, such a gift to be with friends and experience the beauty of our long distance neighbors!!
I love your destiny, my dear friends,
Father Jerry Mahon